October Releases

Friday, July 29, 2011

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Synopsis from IMDB

The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again. 

    The finale to beat all finales. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ends it all with a punch.  It has taken me a while to get write this, but what can I say. I am still on a high because of this movie.  Harry Potter fans are sure to be satisfied and leaving with a big smile on their faces. 

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the actual end of it all. Ron, Hermione and Harry are altogether and still suffering from the death of their fallen comrade. So they are now trying to complete the task of destroying all the horcruxes. Unfortunately, the battle ends up back at Hogwarts and puts more of Harry’s friends and extended family in jeopardy. Along with that, we discover some secrets Dumbledore has kept from Harry and what Harry is.

     Wow, how can I possibly write about how great this was? Everything I wanted the last battle to be was right here. We got so many epic battles and secrets. It was hard to believe this movie was 2 hours and 10 minutes long because it didn’t feel that way. It didn’t feel as long as I wanted it to be. Not a complaint, but still. It just didn’t feel like two hours. Maybe it is just me. I didn’t want it to end. 

     At first I wasn’t completely sure about splitting this in two, I see why it was. This was too much for just one movie. It was done really well. Considering how the special effects work in all the films, I think they saved the best for last. It might be just me, but the effects in this movie were tip top. One of my favorite scenes was the explosion of water that Ron and Hermione were responsible for. 

     All of our great characters were amazing as usual. Professor Snape surprised me the most. As I said before, I have not read the books yet, so everything that happened was a shock. Lord Voldemort was a shock too. This was the first time I seen him unsure of himself. His vulnerability was so awkward to witness. I mean he is one cocky bastard, let’s face it. But that was just an interesting change. The relationships in the movie were palatable, but I am still not 100% sure about Harry and Ginny. Like my issue with the last two films, it was just so out of the blue. But they are cute together. Not as cute as Ron and Hermione are together, but cute nonetheless. And, of course, let’s give it up for Neville. That was a great surprise. The only thing I didn’t like was that some of the characters we have grown to love take the plunge. Talking about not having your cake and eating it too.

     Not much can be said about the plot. It is just a continuation of part 1. This was the end. All we have been participating is coming to a close. Seeing Voldemort scared and having his ass handed to him made me sooooo happy. But everything progressed so well. Having all our questions answered was the most satisfying thing.

     This movie managed to put through so many emotions, it was ridiculous. By the time it was done, I was exhilarated. This is how blockbuster films should be done. Well written, great and lovable characters, a plot that makes sense and doesn’t bore and special effects that don’t take away from the movie. You see this Michael Bay, it can be done. Who knew? Obviously not you. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a can’t miss film. I don’t care what your preference is, this movie has everything. Great way to go out.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Book Review: Darklight (Wondrous Strange #2) by Lesley Livingston

Author: Lesley Livingston
Series: Wondrous Strange
Number in Series: 2
Format: Ebook (ePub)
Pages: 209
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Supernatural

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Synopsis from Indie Bound

Faerie can’t lie . . . so they say

Despite the allure of the Faerie magick now coursing through her veins, Kelley Winslow’s just trying to get her New York City life back to normal. That means theater rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet and nightclub outings with roommate Tyff, even though Kelley misses gorgeous changeling Sonny Flannery so much her heart could burst. But Kelley’s newfound abilities have not gone unnoticed by malevolent eyes.

When a terrifying encounter in Central Park hurls Kelley into the Faerie Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but all too brief. For Kelley and Sonny have been plunged into a game of Faerie deception and wavering allegiances in which the next move could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart.

     It has been half a year for out Faerie (and not so faerie) friends in New York. After suffering through the devastation of the Wild Hunt, Kelley wants her boyfriend, Sonny, back. Sonny, unfortunately, has a duty to fulfill. He is now a fighter for King Auberon, Kelley’s father. Because of a mistake made in Wondrous Strange (book 1), he can’t come back unless he kills the remaining Hunters of the Wild Hunt started by Kelley’s mother, Queen Mabh. So while Kelley is missing Sonny, she thinks she will have some success in seeing him in Central Park. Central Park is where the gate between the mortal world and the Fae world has cracked and things are beginning to creep through the cracks. Unfortunately for Kelley, none of them are Sonny.

     I really enjoyed this book. Although I don’t think I liked it quite as much as Wondrous Strange. I love Kelley, but she had a knack for getting herself into trouble. Her going back to the park and getting attacked in the middle of the night made me want to punch her. She has the Janus Guard, but she never took them with her when she ventured into the park where she was always being hunted and that made me want to punch her sometimes. But I love that she is getting into her Fae power which helps her. Whenever we have characters just discovering who they are, they are always apprehensive about working with their powers. They are usually frightened of the fact that they aren’t human. But Kelley grew up fast and learned about her powers. I like that Livingston did that.

     I loved all the characters in this. I am a huge Puck (aka Bob) fan. He oozes plenty of personality. Actually, dare I say, he reminds me a bit of Myrnin from the Morganville Vampires series. But my favorite character was Fennrys Wolf. He is not quite Sonny’s friend, but he is also a guard who grew up in a court, the Spring court. Sonny doesn’t like seeing him around Kelley, but knows he is best to look out after her while he is working for Auberon. I loved Fenn, He cracked me up and he was hot. As the story progresses though, I have the feeling Fennrys is up to something. I don’t want to give out my suspicions, but something was off when Fenn returns later in the book after a strange hiatus. I can’t wait for more of his story.

     I liked the plots in the book. The one plot we really finish is the fight with the greenmen though. The others definitely have more to them, but we weren’t given much of those yet. There is a terrible secret about Sonny and what he really is. We also find out that the Greenmen aren’t the only ones they should be afraid of. Kelley’s friend and roommate Tyffanwy (aka Tyff) knows something that she took drastic steps to not tell Kelley and I have a feeling it has something to do with Tyff’s supposedly good friend, Titania, may have her own agenda. Problem is, we don’t find out what it is. There is also the issue with Kelley’s dad being sick and the fact that he may have been poisoned since the Fae don’t really get sick. But again, not much was revealed here.

    This was a great book. As I said before, I mainly started this series because of the covers. Shallow, I know, but come on, they are gorgeous. Redheads always get great covers. Am I the only that noticed that or is it just me? As much as I enjoyed the book, the ending made me want to scream. It wasn’t bad or anything just made me insanely sad. The next book, Tempestuous, is the last in the series. So I am hoping all the doubts brought up in this book will be brought to light. There is obviously plenty of betrayal, but again, we will have to see where it will lead. But this book was full of magic and amazing characters, both good and bad. This book was just about raising suspicions and so I believe Tempestuous will pack a big punch considering all that was left unsaid (and said) in Darklight.


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Book Review: Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum #2) by Janet Evanovich

Author: Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum
Number in Series: 2
Format: Audiobook
Time: 2 hrs. and 44 mins.
Narrator: Lori Petty
Release Date: January 10, 1996 (audiobook: July 1, 2004)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller/Humor

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Synopsis from Indie Bound


Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie’s bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso—a suspiciously wealthy, working-class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend—the stakes are higher than ever. That Mancuso is distantly related to vice cop Joe Morelli—who is trying to beat Stephanie to the punch—only makes the hunt more thrilling. . . . 

Taking pointers from her bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and using her pistol-packing Grandma Mazur as a decoy, Stephanie is soon closing in on her mark. But Morelli and his libido are worthy foes. And a more sinister kind of enemy has made his first move . . . and his next move might be Stephanie’s last.

     What happens when you are offered $10000 to search for coffins? Well you take it, duh! This is exactly what happens to our great Plum in the second installment of the Stephanie Plum series, Two for the Dough. Plum is still getting the hang of the bounty hunting thing searching for a man who shot a friend of his. But by chance, due to crazy Grandma Mazur’s obsession with funerals, Plum is offered a job to find 24 missing coffins. But it comes to Plum’s attention that the man she was already looking for might be involved with the coffins and he just happens to be related to Joe Morelli, fellow cop and Plum’s old fling.

     I actually think I like this book more than the first one. I ended up with the abridged version yet again which means I missed plenty but the basics. Still doesn’t mean this was any less amazing. It was funnier and the plot was a little more action packed and fast paced. Evanovich did such a great job, yet again. Plum is still unlearned, but she is getting things done with help from friends and non-friends. I like that even though Plum seems to attract trouble, she pulls through things like you wouldn’t believe. I love that she isn’t an absolute expert at it yet. It is nice to follow her through her experience. The way she goes about things is a bit unconventional, but she gets things done.

     As much as I love Plum though; Grandma Mazur stole the show for me in this book. Even when a scene is supposed to be sad or awful even, the things she does and say had me in tears from laughing so hard. For instance, as I mentioned, she has a thing for going to funerals. She follows the obituaries in the newspapers like no one’s business. It is her weird form of entertainment.  Now as you can guess there are rules at these viewings, but she always manages to break them. For example, there was a closed casket viewing of a man who was shot, but Grandma Mazur wanted to see the bullet holes. So she just happened to trip on the rug, hit the lid of the coffin and it just happened to pop open. Then there was the scene with the mailed penis. Don’t even get me started on the Jewish penis. I know this is weird, but trust me, it was funny. Grandma Mazur is a relentless, conniving, gun-slinging old lady. And you are going to love her for it. 

    The bad guy Kenny was creepy as hell and I couldn’t believe he was related to Joe. I think Plum handled him well even though I think was silly trying to take him down on her own. But she had help in some unlikely places. I like Joe sometimes, but like Plum, you can’t get over the feeling he always has an agenda. He always seems to know where Plum is on her stakeouts, what she is doing. When she found out how, I love the way she took her revenge. Worst way for any man, funny as hell to any woman.

     Overall, don’t miss this book. Actually, don’t miss this series. Like I said, this was better than One for the Money which I completely loved. We get to know more of our characters. We get more action. We get more laughs. Also anything that involves an old lady pulling a gun out of her purse during a chase is pure gold as far as I am concerned. 


Friday, July 22, 2011

Chapter Review: Pinky Promise? (Ch. 1) by Natalie Valdes

Author: Natalie Valdes
Format: Ebook (PDF)
Release Date: September 2011
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis from Goodreads

A Supernatural Young Adult Romance:

Do you believe in heaven or hell? Angels or Demons? Ghosts, or even second chances at life?

Losing someone is one of the hardest things imaginable, for Jaylynn-first it was her father-and then it was him. The one that had been her first love, the one that had given her the highest hopes towards a wonderful future together, forever.

He, who had promised her he would never leave her just as her father had. Jace, the war hero.

High School senior, Jaylynn doesn't know how to cope with this new loss, and when Jagger-a boy that reminds her entirely too much of Jace enters her world- trouble will brew as secrets and mysteries are unraveled.

This book will be posted as a blog story on my blog by chapter two weeks at a time, in September the full edition will be available for order.

     I was approached a few days ago by fellow bookblogger, Natalie Valdes,  to review her new book Pinky Promise? by chapter. I have never reviewed anything by chapter before, but it is pretty cool. Actually makes it easier to breakdown things I suppose. Nonetheless, I am very glad I was asked.  Pinky Promise, well it shows plenty of promise. Bad pun, I know, still, just from the first chapter, I can say this is going to be a beautifully, heart wrenching story.

     Pinky Promise starts off with tragedy. A young man is shot by some kid while riding his motorcycle, but we learn who is yet. All we know so far is that he is misses his mother after she was killed by his alcoholic father. And he is actually relieved to be shot because this way, he can see his mother again. Then more tragedy takes place when we meet our main character Jaylynn, who has already lost her father, is coping with losing the love of her life. She is a high school senior and has to go back to class sometime. So when she finally gets back, she is just trying to keep her head above water until she runs into the new guy in school. And for some reason, he reminds Jaylynn too much of Jace, the man she lost.

    This is a Young Adult, Paranormal story. So far, we don’t have much paranormal except for what happened to the man in the beginning. I was very suspicious about the white light. Nonetheless, Valdes does a great job with grabbing you. This chapter was very emotional. You really feel for Jaylynn. She is losing those she holds dear. She has already lost her dad at the young age of eight and now she is trying to handle the loss of her fiancé. He went off to war and he dies as a war hero. She blames herself for not trying hard enough to keep him with her.

     I am really, really intrigued with this book. Please be sure to visit Valdes blog. She will be posting the book by chapter every two weeks on my blog. So please get on over to her site and read the first chapter as we speak. I promise you will be hooked as well.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Book Review: White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black

Author: Holly Black
Series: Curse Workers
Number in Series: 1
Format: Audiobook
Time: 6 hrs. and 40 mins.
Narrator: Jesse Eisenberg
Release Date: January 1, 2010 (audiobook: May 11, 2010)
Publisher: Listening Library
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult/Mystery

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago. 

Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen. 

Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
     I have been hearing great things about this book. I have even heard it is to be made into a film soon. Black’s books are no stranger to the big screen and I must say, I can see this in the movie theater. It may be paranormal, but it almost feels like real life. Crazy friends and even more crazy family members. White Cat had a unique take on the paranormal world. I hope Hollywood gets it right.

     White Cat is about a world where people have special powers. Not superheroes or anything, but they have the power to persuade others. They can change or simply take away what they want to gain what they please. These people are known as curse workers and what they do is against the law since most of them work as con artists. The power comes through their hands so everyone wears gloves, for some it is a must because their power is more dangerous than others.  Our lead character, Cassel, is from a family of these con artists, but he doesn’t possess any powers like the rest of them. So one night he is sleepwalking and ends up on the roof of a building. But he is led by a suspicious white cat. Through finding the cat, he discovers secrets and lies that were held from him by those he thought he could trust.

    I really enjoyed this book. I got the audiobook version of this from the library and was surprised to see actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland) was the narrator. I love Eisenberg, so it made me more eager to listen to the audiobook. But within a few pages of him reading the book, I understood why he was chosen. Eisenberg is Cassel. Eisenberg has his own style in every movie he is in and it came through while he read this book. Cassel’s mannerisms, the smart ass comments, everything was there and it is exactly like Jesse Eisenberg. They did a great choice choosing him. Since this is going to be a movie, I can see Eisenberg as Cassel, it makes sense to me.

     I loved the characters in this book. They may have powers and all, but they were real. I especially loved Cassel. He may not be the everyday criminal like the rest of his family, but he was very smart. I like that he doesn’t immediately right off what was happening to him. He quickly catches in to the fact something big is happening around him and the cat is actually trying to tell him. I like that our main character isn’t perfect, after all he is a professional con man and can trick everyone including his own friends. But trust me, that isn’t as awful as it might sound considering what his family has been up to.

     I love the way the story progresses.  We find that Cassel’s past is awful and it never left him. He was and still is being accused of a girl’s murder. A girl named Lila he loved a few years back. He soon becomes even more curious about why he can’t remember exactly what happened that night. He only knows what his family has told him.

     I don’t want to spoil you, but this book is pretty incredible.  I love the alternate world Black has created.  The characters are intriguing and captivating. White Cat is full of secrets, lies and betrayals. There is plenty of mystery from in this book. Once things are solved, you won’t believe it. This was another surprise for me this week and I hate that it has taken me so long to grab this book. Like I said, Hollywood, you better get this right.


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Indie Book Review: Predators of Darkness: Aftermath (Darkness #1) by Leonard D. Hilley II

Author: Leonard D. Hilley II
Series: Darkness
Number in Series: 1
Format: Ebook (ePub)
Pages: 233
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release Date: April 11, 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror/Dystopian/Science Fiction/Thriller/Mystery

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Fear What Lurks In The Shadows
The desolate streets of downtown Pittsburgh in 2073 are a reminder of the missile attack that forever changed the lives of the surviving scientists and students hidden in the fallout shelter of Helmsby's Genetic Research Center. Believing themselves to be the only survivors, they station themselves inside the center until food supplies near depletion. Thinking the fallout has lessened, they emerge three years later to discover strange creatures patrolling the streets in search of human flesh and blood. The creatures possess the ability to shift their genomes and alter their appearances by realigning their genetic sequences. Daniel Hutchinson, their leader, teams with Lucas Ridale and together they set out to scavenge the area for food and supplies with the hope to find other survivors. But Daniel's most recent journey uncovers mysteries more frightening than the shifters. He discovers the tip of Pittsburgh has been fenced off from the rest of the area. Low-flying helicopters observe the streets, making him ponder the question: Were the shifters released as simply part of a military experiment with humans being their prey?

     I didn’t know what to expect when I got this book from the author. Again, just wanted to read it, didn’t bother reading the summary. Well that wouldn’t have made a difference because the description isn’t enough to show how incredible this was. I don’t think I have come across a book with this many layers. You think you have things figured out until you are given a curveball out of nowhere. This was such an amazing experience; I can’t wait to start the next one.

      Predators of Darkness: Aftermath is about a group of survivors in the city of Pittsburg. Pittsburg has been hit by a nuclear missile and thanks to a well prepared scientist on a school campus, he gathers as much people as he can. This group of people has been in hiding for three years. They are running low on supplies and have to be extra careful when leaving their sanctuary. You see, after the missile attack, strange creatures quickly roamed the streets. They are called shifters. They are quick and very difficult to kill. If they aren’t taken down, they eat you. If you are a woman, they rape you and then they eat you. This is why women aren’t allowed to leave. But it seems that makes no difference when they find out that there is a murderer amongst them and the one person that knew that did it, was attack by the seemingly impossible flying shifter.

     But after a seemingly normal scavenger hunt, our lead Daniel comes back with nothing. His best friend Lucas, however, brings back plenty of supplies and a woman named Lydia who quickly takes an interest in Daniel. Their stories don’t make sense and they are all suspicious of them. Daniel has to figure out who the murderer is that is living amongst them, try to figure out if his best friend and the new woman are worth trusting and worse, he is slowly finding out his friend and scientist that saved all their lives has been holding very valuable information from them all. Information that can save all their lives.

     I LOVED THIS!!! I honestly could not believe I have not heard of this before. Actually I can’t believe this isn’t a movie yet. There seems to be a lot going on, but it actually ties in together so beautifully it nearly brought a tear to my eye. There is so much suspense in this book it might kill you. You honestly will be surprised; every page will leave you with your mouth hanging wide open.

     The plot of Predators of Darkness is deep and complex. I absolutely must compliment Hilley for a plot like this. So layered and insane. I am trying to be careful with what I say here because the plot is full of surprises and one wrong thing will give it away. But trust me; you won’t see half of things coming until they knock you over.

     The characters are engaging. I loved Daniel. He was strong and cared for his friends. He always has his guard up and he is smart. My favorite character was actually Julia. She is in love with Daniel, but she is scared to tell him. She comes off so timid and shy, but she is a tough cookie. She does so many little things in this book to protect Daniel that he doesn’t know about. I love that she is always protecting him when he is making a big mistake. 

    Overall, read this book. Immediately! It is sci-fi, but it is incredibly realistic and scary. It is dark, well-paced, and suspenseful.  Man I wish I can say more, but like I said, you won’t see the awesomeness until it hits you. I won’t spoil you, but I am close to doing so. I could talk about this forever. I promise you will have a hard time putting this down. Mr. Hilley, you are brilliant!


*This book belongs to the following challenge*

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Winner of the Sophie Littlefield Giveaway!!!

And the winner is....

Barbara E.

Congratulations Barbara, you won a copy of Rebirth (Aftertime #2) by Sophie Littlefield. This was incredible, hope you love it as much as I do. You have been sent an email, please respond within 3 days with your name and address. If not, prize will go to runner-up. BIG thanks to all who participated. So happy you all enjoyed the interview and hope you all have the chance to read the series. It is pretty incredible. Thank you all again.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Book Review: Courting Disaster by Mahalia Levey

Author: Mahalia Levey
Format: Ebook (PDF)
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Publisher: extasybooks
Genre: Erotic-Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Sorcha Channing is determined to achieve a positive outcome in her craft. The daunting task she undertakes lands her in over her head. With the help of her familiar Esmie—just maybe she can fix what's gone wrong.

Macsen Steele is tired of rescuing young witches from the boiling cauldron. With his enhanced and manipulated DNA, he’s only there to do his job, not fall for the beauty he's assigned to but can never have.
Temperance Card Meaning: Moderation. Unity, two separate parts merging together to make one whole entity better than the separate pieces. 

Alchemy- Fire and water don't mix. Will the two opposites be able to avert politics aiming to separate them? Or can passion and respect burn hot enough to cause a complete melt down.

     A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to review this book from the author herself, Mahalia Levey. I gladly accepted, of course. I was looking so forward to this, but as a reviewer, I must give my honest opinion. I wanted to like Courting Disaster, but it sadly fell short for me.

                    Courting Disaster is about a group of sisters that are witches, well witches in training. Our main character, Sorcha, seems to be the most daring. She raised a few zombies, but had no idea how to put them back. So she has to call the witches temporary guardian, Macsen, to save them. Macsen is a gargoyle. Gargoyles are given one purpose; protect and serve the witches. Their kind is being punished for something their ancestors have done long ago. Macsen is there to watch them while their old guardian is out for a while. He has feelings for Sorcha and vice versa. But since he is a gargoyle, them being mated is out of the question. The witches use them, but don’t stay with since they are nothing but slaves. Sorcha wants to change all of that. 

     I loved the premise of this book. I love the idea of gargoyles being nothing but second class citizens. Sorcha has a talk with her mother and it is then she learns how unfairly the gargoyles have been treated.  I love that Sorcha is the one to try and change the injustice done to them. 

     As much as I love the premise, I had quite a bit of issues with this. First off, this is a 79 page book. We meet a little over ten characters. We know they all have a story, some kind of history, but we don’t learn any of it. This book would have been better if it was scaled down with the characters and we focused mostly Macsen or Sorcha. My biggest problem was actually the villain, Bael. He is Macsen’s cousin. He is a gargoyle that lives in their dark realm. We only meet him once, but he tries to kidnap Sorcha and gets away with one of Sorcha’s sisters. Thing is, we don’t know why he wants them. He is just going around stealing them or having someone else take them.

     I also wasn’t that big of a fan of the sex scenes. They were hot, but they weren’t as romantic as I wanted them to be and they were quick. Now I am no prude. I love a good erotic romance. But even though I know Macsen and Sorcha have feelings for each other, the descriptions in the scenes and some of what was said between them wasn’t sexy. Now I have had this discussion before on Twitter with another booklover about this, about certain language used in sex scenes. When you use words like p***y or c**t, I don’t find that sexy. Those are words you use in a porno (not that I have seen a porno mind you, I am just guessing *awkward silence*). My point is, those are words you don’t use toward someone you love. At least in my opinion.  Maybe it is just me. What do you guys think?

    Another thing I wasn’t a fan of was the overall development of the plot. We don’t have much. This book is about Macsen and Sorcha and her helping him. The thing is, we are given some near the end with zombies and the kidnapping, but we don’t see it from their point of view. We focus on Sorcha and then nothing happens.  We are completely left out of the action, we are on the sidelines. And I am not sure this actually had an ending because it was incomplete. I can’t even say it was a cliffhanger because it didn’t feel like it.

     Overall, this was just okay. It may be a short story, but short stories can be complete and this wasn’t. If this was longer, I think it would have been great because again, the premise is great. But there was so much left out, so much unfinished. I hope Ms. Levey writes a sequel, there is something here, the worldbuilding is there. This is supposed to be a part of a six-part novella, so I am hoping we come back to this world and get more out of all these characters. That being said, the buildup for this fell short and I was left a bit disappointed.  


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